Librarian Shares Expertise on Wentletraps

Marketing and Communications | December 14, 2010

If you want to know about wentletraps, There’s a Librarian for That. Bruce Neville, a public services librarian in science and engineering at the Texas A&M University Libraries, honed his niche as a malacologist by studying wentletraps, which are mollusks with elegant shells. Neville recently shared his expertise at The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum in Sanibel, Fla. during a week-long curatorship.

Following a competitive application process, Neville was selected as the 2010 R. Tucker Abbott Visiting Curator. He presented a program entitled “Molluscan Biogeography and the Value of Historical Collections” in December.

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is the only museum devoted entirely to seashells in the United States, Neville explained. The Abbott Curatorship is awarded annually to a malacologist who visits the museum for a week to perform collection-based research, assists with curation of the museum’s collection and provides a public lecture.

Here at Texas A&M, Neville provides reference services in science and engineering, specializing in life sciences, environmental sciences and industrial and systems engineering. He co-authored The Wentletrap Book and has written numerous scholarly and popular articles on wentletraps.

“Our librarians at Texas A&M possess expertise ranging from collection development and library services to specialties such as science fiction and fantasy or even wentletraps,” Robin Bedenbaugh, coordinator of Marketing and Communication, said. “Whatever the subject area, There’s a Librarian for That.”

There’s a Librarian for That is a tagline of the Texas A&M University Libraries. With specialists ranging from art to zoology, whatever the subject, There’s a Librarian for That.